Vacant house cited for past issues with squatters burns at 19th and Pine

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A house ordered boarded up and left empty for years burned in a smoky fire Wednesday morning at 19th and Pine.

Seattle Fire responded just after 9 AM to reports of smoke and fire coming from the northeast corner home on properties adjacent the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and lined up for eventual redevelopment.

Firefighters opted to take a “defensive” strategy with the blaze given how much of the house was engulfed and its status as a derelict property, according to radio updates. Continue reading

911 | Thieves make off with reported $5K in merchandise in Madison Valley luxury consignment shop heist

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  • Purse heist: A Thursday afternoon heist at a Madison Valley luxury consignment shop netted a team of thieves thousands of dollars in merchandise. According to the SPD report on the ripoff, a group of three males entered the Refind store in the 3100 block of E Madison just before 3 PM and told an employee they were “just browsing” as they began picking up items off the shelves. The employee said she asked, “Can I help you find something?” “Yes,” one of the males replied as he grabbed more items and the three ran for the door, according to the report. The store employee managed to head off one of the trio and grab a jacket but was smashed in the face as she struggled with the thief. The employee “grabbed the pants of the suspect as he was trying to get up and he picked up one of the gucci handbags he had dropped and turned around and slapped [the woman] in the face with it,” police write. The three bandits were reported fleeing the area in an old Chevy sedan last seen speeding from the area. According to police, the thieves targeted Gucci purses and Chanel clothing in the heist. The employee did not suffer serious injuries. A search for the suspects was not successful. Police say the reported value of the items stolen is more than $5,000. Continue reading

Seattle Fire calls for public’s help after another string of arson fires in the Central District

Seattle Fire is calling for the public’s help after a string of arson fires set to vehicles and debris in the Central District.

The fires have been set in the same area another bout of arson incidents took place this summer.

SFD says it has responded to seven intentionally set fires since December 4th in Central District locations from 12th Ave near the youth justice center to near Judkins Park.

Most of the fires have been set to vehicles or debris, SFD says, but the update adds that “further details” regarding the fires are not being made public “to maintain the integrity of the investigative process.” Continue reading

911 | Capitol Hill Airbnb standoff, Facebook phone robbery, Safeway sword arrest — UPDATE: Missing person

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  • Federal Ave standoff: A Capitol Hill Airbnb stay went wrong over the weekend as the SPD Hostage Negotiation Team and Seattle Fire had to be called to a standoff on Federal Ave E Sunday morning. According to SPD, a 911 call around 9:30 AM alerted them to a disturbance in the 400 block of Federal Ave E. There, witnesses told officers an acquaintance likely high on drugs had begun damaging the rental residence as the group was cleaning up to leave the property. When they tried to stop the damage, the witnesses said the friend turned on gas inside the residence and threatened to blow the place up. SPD says the suspect was “not able or refuse”d to respond to contact attempts and neighbors were advised to leave the area. The Hostage Negotiation Team and Seattle Fire were called to help. Once the gas was shut off, officers observed the unresponsive suspect inside of the building and moved in. Police say the suspect was treated by SFD and transported to the hospital. Continue reading

Man who died in 21st and Denny fire identified

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The man who died in a fire inside a boarded-up building near 21st and Denny last week has been identified.

The King County Medical Examiner’s office says Benjamin Bess, 23, died of smoke inhalation in what investigators determined was an accidental fire that started inside the squat house.

CHS reported here on the deadly Wednesday night, December 2nd fire in the fenced-off structure near new development in the area of 21st Ave E. Continue reading

Reported two-car collision knocks out power along E Madison — UPDATE

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A two-car collision left a path of destruction along E Madison including at least one city utility pole leaning precariously across the roadway after it was struck by an out of control vehicle that also decimated another pole before coming to a rest near 13th Ave.

The crash was reported near 15th and Madison just before 4 PM and reportedly involved at least two vehicles and at least two utility poles.

Large booms were reported across the area, possibly from the crash and electrical transformers triggered by the utility line damage.

UPDATE 5:15 PM: Preliminary information from SPD indicates an unfortunate set of circumstances that quickly escalated into a terrible mess. According to police, the two cars collided near 15th and Madison. When the driver of the SUV exited his vehicle to exchange information, he reportedly did not engage the heavy vehicle’s parking brake and it quickly began to roll out of control down E Madison for two blocks where it smashed into the second pole.

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One person critically injured in 21st and Denny fire — UPDATE

At least one person was reported injured in a fire in a building at 21st and E Denny Wednesday night.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene at 2112 E Denny Way just after 7 PM to reports of smoke coming from the structure. The address is the location of the Avant Apartments, a six-story building that opened to residents in 2019. UPDATE: SFD reports the fire was in a boarded up structure next to the apartments:

As crews from Engine 25 and 34 worked on getting water on the fire, Ladder 10 company located an unresponsive adult male in a room adjacent to the fire room. Unable to safely access the occupant from within the home, Ladder 10 sawed a hole into the room to quickly rescue him. The patient is an approx. 40 year old male who was found in critical condition. Paramedics performed lifesaving efforts and transported him to Harborview Medical Center. Crews performed additional searches to confirm no other occupants were found inside the home.

Seattle Fire said its firefighters were responding to the blaze. According to SFD radio updates, one injured person was removed from the fire scene. Seattle Fire says its crews rescued an adult male in critical condition and paramedics were attempting lifesaving efforts.No additional occupants were found inside.

Streets in the area were closed to traffic during the response.

UPDATE 12/3/2020: The Medical Examiner confirms the victim rescued from the fire has died. No cause of death or identification of the victim has yet been released. Seattle Police say the death was not suspicious.


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911 | Cal Anderson hatchet assault, Madrona electrocution accident, Lake WA Blvd arsons

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  • Hatchet assault: Police took one man into custody but say the victim refused medical attention after an assault with a hatchet in Cal Anderson Park Sunday morning. According to the SPD report on the incident, police and medics were called to a large disturbance in the park around 11:30 AM and were flagged down by the suspect who admitted he had struck the other man in the head with the hatchet. Police detained the suspect and located the victim in a tent inside the park. “The victim stated he was hit in the head with a hatchet as he intervened in the disturbance near the encampment,” the SPD report reads. “As Seattle Fire was responding to the scene, the victim refused all medical assistance. Officers were not able to persuade the victim to wait for Seattle Fire to evaluate his injury.” Police say the suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault. Continue reading

911 | Canterbury booze burglary bust, Central District gunfire, Seattle catalytic converter theft wave

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  • Canterbury burglary bust: A 22-year-old has been charged after police say he was caught in the act trying to burgle ten bottles of booze after allegedly breaking into 15th Ave E’s Canterbury Ale House. Prosecutors say Ocean Nemeyer has been charged with second degree burglary in the Wednesday, October 28th break-in. According to the SPD report on the incident, police were called to the 15th Ave E bar just before 5 AM to a report that a burglar could be seen on live video from the Canterbury’s security system. Police arrived to find a busted window and were waiting to enter the bar when they say Nemeyer ran from inside carrying three bags:According to court documents, the suspect was charged in Seattle with misdemeanor theft in late 2018 and also had two active warrants in King County. He has not yet entered a plea. CHS reported previously on a surge in burglaries around Capitol Hill especially involving commercial properties and businesses.
  • CD gunfire: Multiple reports of gunfire from the area near Miller Park into the Central District were made late Monday night as police found evidence of a vehicle-involved shooting along 23rd Ave. According to East Precinct radio updates, gunfire was reported by 911 callers starting around 11:15 PM. Police were able to pinpoint the shots to the area near 23rd Ave and Marion where a shell casing was found nearby. Police closed 23rd Ave between Marion and Spring for a short term while they collected evidence. They were also searching the area for at least one vehicle believed to have been involved in the shooting. There were no reported injuries. Continue reading

No injuries reported as fire scorches 11th and John apartment building

A fire burned an apartment unit and did heavy damage to the Case Verde Apartments building at 11th and John on Capitol Hill late Wednesday night.

Seattle Fire said there were no reported injuries. Continue reading